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Marble statue of a crouching Aphrodite

Period:
Imperial
Date:
1st or 2nd century A.D.
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Marble, Parian ?
Dimensions:
H. 42 1/4 in. (107.3 cm)
Classification:
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and a subscription from James Loeb, 1909
Accession Number:
09.221.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Both ankles and most of the feet are modern restorations.

Copy of a Greek statue of the 3rd century B.C.

The nude goddess was shown in a complex twisting pose, crouching at her bath and turning toward a playful Eros behind her. As with many Hellenistic
works, the viewer is invited to circle the statue and to enjoy it from all sides. While the original was probably an important votive dedication in a sanctuary,
the many Roman copies were primarily decorative works placed in private villas or public baths.
Marshall, John. 1910. "Department of Classical Art: The Accessions of 1909--IV. Sculptures in Marble." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 5(9): pp. 209-11.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1917. Handbook of the Classical Collection. p. 241, fig. 148, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1927. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 282-83, fig. 200, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1930. Handbook of the Classical Collection. pp. 282-83, fig. 200, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1953. Handbook of the Greek Collection. pp. 143, 282, pl. 122c, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1954. Catalogue of Greek Sculptures. no. 159, pp. 87-88, pl. 114, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

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